The old town is the area behind the castle and down to the harbour , separated from the new town by the Bazaar.
A nice area to wander around in - there are passage ways and stairs ways and each corner has a view the higher you climb.
Plenty of cafes and some small gift shops you can use to escape the sun if you need to.
We booked a Turkish Bath event through a company in Icmeler and were brought to Club Alize in Marmaris. The cost was 30L each which included travel to and from our hotel in Icmeler.
The morning started off with a sauna and then we were put on a giant marble slab on which we were soaped with cold and warm water and given a gentle massage. From there for a mud face pack and then a jacuzzi. Then to a lady who worked on our faces and finally a full body massage by a masseur and then a shower.
We both felt so much better on leaving. Coffee was 3L and a DVD of 10 photos taken through the morning another 10L.
This is a delightful corner of Marmaris to visit.
Hidden around the Castle, are lots of narrow laneways & stairways winding around beautiful old buildings which have courtyards and interesting old doorways. Quite a few are "Greek Revival Houses" you certainly get the feel of Greece in this area.
Take a peek, I'm sure you will enjoy, you don't know what you will find around each corner.
A MUST SEE IN MARMARIS
This is a long walk, but its an enjoyable one as well! There are parks, plenty of Beach, plenty of seats and lots of lovely Gulets and other Boats to look at. On the other side of the road are plenty of shops. If you are hungry or thirsty, there are little stalls to buy from.
Just sit, enjoy and people watch, a very pleasant spot in a very busy city.
We took a 7-day cruise on a gulet from Marmaris. There are also one week cruises out of Kemer (Antalya) and Bodrum. (There are several VT write-ups on gulets in the Bodrum pages of others). There is a midpoint in each tour where they refuel and start their return journey. If bookings are not heavy, they will accept 4-day segments. They do not provide transport to or from the docks. (We used a tour agency to arrange that and to book our Blue Voyage). The gulets are wooden 2-mast motorized modified working-boat style. The sails are rarely used. There are usually 6 (or more) double-berth snug cabins with private bathrooms with hot water, showers and a hand-pump flushable toilet. These are midship. The crew are quartered in the prow area. There is a crew of 3 (one of whom is a good cook); their ages are usually mid-30’s. Three meals are offered daily of wholesome local Turkish food; fresh vegetables and seafood are plentiful. Drinks are extra; the cook keeps the bar tabs paid at the end (when you hand out the tip).Meals are served under an awning on the after deck except in bad weather when the rear cabin ( where the stove is) is used. Its tables provide for an amusement area or resting spot. The major evening activity is dominos(or backgammon). No towels were provided!! Luckily the docks in Marmaris are next to the Bazaar and before we departed, we went there and easily purchsed a few large Turkish towels! Most anchorages were in people-free coves where swimming and snorkeling were undertaken (we being elderly did not do much of this). Sunbathing was perpetually available on the fore deck. Only 2 -4 shore adventures occur. (These will ultimately be separate Tips). The entire adventure was low-key and a unique way to spend a week.
Our cruise was the last one of the year (mid-October) and there were only two other couples aboard (we all spoke English). At Fethiye we picked up a single traveler who disembarked with us at Marmaris. On this return voyage the captain and I saw a floating object, which we recovered. It was an Ancient Greek Amphora. (This story will be detailed in a separate Tip under Customs). This event was definitely not scheduled!!
Photo 1 shows a small cape just outside the cove. The open sea is in the background.
Photo 2 shows the same place from the open sea. The vegetation is scarce because as it is not sheltered from the open sea, when the sea is rough, it brings salt on the shore, that prevents most trees to grow.
Photo 3 shows that on top of the hill, an olive tree succeed in growing, high enough not to be reached by salt water.
Kadirga limani (Port Kadirga) is a very small cove open towards east, almost at the tip for Kadirga peninsula, at the south-western entrance of Marmaris Bay (see the map in the introduction of this page
The first photo shows our yacht and our friends’. Most of the boats of the flotilla had staied in Marmaris but we had preferred to sail to this quiet mooring instead of staying in busy Marmaris.
The second photo is our two boats again, from another hill.
The third photo was taken from further inland.
Photo four shows the entrance into the cove with the open sea on the left.
Photo five is a general view of the cove with pine trees in the foreground.
Kumlu Buku is a wide cove sheltered by Kadirga peninsula, at the south-western entrance of Marmaris Bay (see the map in the introduction of this page).
The first photo shows the entrance of the cove and the other side of the Bay of Marmaris (east side)
The second photo the bottom of the cove. It was a quiet place but harsh and not an outstanding landscape as Byzantine cove.
The staff of our chartering company had organized a regatta for our last day in Turkey. Unfortunately, there was so little wind that it could not fill the sails! On the photo, the admiral ship is checking the contenders but they had finally to cancel the regatta!
Now that we have seen how the boats were made, let’s have now a look at what they are built for: Excursion boats!
Marmaris ship yards build a lot of these boats. Though Marmaris is touristy, they do not need so many new boats, as a new boat will last at least 20-30 years and often even more. Actually, I have learned that Marmaris ship yards build excursion boats for the whole country. I would not be surprised if some of them were sold in Rhodes and then to continental Greece but I am not sure of that! That might be bragging from the man I talked with!
Photo 1 shows another boat which frame is completely finished
On photo 2, another boat has the upper boards that have been fixed.
Photo 3 shows the same boat, from it stern. The boards that should soon be fixed are waiting in front.
Photo 4 shows several boats, at different stage of building.
Photo 5 shows two identical boats, one ready to sail and the other with only its frame.
On Marmaris shipyard the boats are built in the traditional way. They are the boats used as excursion boats.
Photo 1 shows ship that has all its frame finished.
Photo 2 shows a boat that has not yet its washboard.
Photo 3 shows in the foreground boards ready fo be fixed on a boat. In the background, a fully finished boat and several frames.
Photo 4 shows a part of the shipyard with Marmaris in the background.
East to the city, the bay is shallower and only local small boats can moor. In the background, the ship yards (see next tips) where local boats are built. To go from Marmaris to the private mooring of our chartering company, we had to walk along the coast and along the ship yards.
Marmaris has four mosques. The one shown here stands in the old town and should be Ibrahim mosque, built in 1783 by Ibrahim Pasa in the neighborhood of Kemeralti. Most shops are gathered around the mosque. It is the busiest part of the city.
The first photo shows Marmaris from the sea. There does not seem to have much space available in the harbor for mooring!
The second photo shows a part of the city in front of the beach.
The third photo shows the eastern part of Marmaris.
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